Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Monday 23rd February 2015 to Sunday 1st March 2015

Monday 23rd February 2015
Up early.  dog walked, papers fetched, into the office for 8am.  busy, busy day.  Home for 6.15pm.  Tea. dog walked.  Some web work.  Took picture of me autovent mechanisms which have to fit for Greenhouse.  Watched House of Fools episode 1 then waited until 10pm to watch episode 2.  Bed for 10:34.

Tuesday 24th February 2015
Woke about 4am, upstaits loo door knocking as window wide open.  Sorted it, back to bed.  Couldn't get back to sleep but stopped in bed until 5.40 as it was chucking it down at 4am and blowing a hooley.   By time I took the dog up town it had calmed down and rain had stopped.  Brekko and then off to work.  In a bit later at 8.15 as I took a heater over to the primary school across the road as their heating had gone kaput. Got home about 6.20.  Tea. Dog Walk. Bit of web work.  Watching sports report to see how Derby doing 2-0 against Charlton - that'll do nicely.

Wednesday 25th February 2015
Up at 4:01 again, out of bed at 5:30.  Dog walk, papers fetched.  Did a few jobs.  Moved strawberries out of the little coldframe and into the greenhouse - that's what it's for after all.   Got to work for 8.15am all good.

Did a bit of golf evaluation and totted up all the golf I'd done at Ashbourne.  It equated to 276 holes which came to just under 15 full rounds and so cost me £35 a round.  Funny year though last year - Grindleford Gallop, London Marathon, Painting Phil's bedroom in a hurry, lot of rain, Lucy football. Am almost tempted to do the Lifestyle golf after all.

Holes played267
Rounds if made into 18s14.83
Cost per 18 holes£34.38

Group after work - managed a maintain somehow, will take that. 

Thursday 26th February 2015
Up early, the usual.  Into office a minute or two after 8am.  Busy day, delivered some training. Bit behind getting some reports out. Home a bit after 6pm!  Almost daylight.  Tea. Dog Walk. Up in the attic to get the heated propogator down.  Cleaned it all up - will put everything in bags next year - you see if I don't! Web work.  Dog walk. Telly. Bed 

Friday 27th February 2015
Up a bit late at 5:45am, can't be helped.  Dog walked, forgot money so didn't get papers.   Back up town when bosskat up and fetched em.  Started the heated propogator up.  Did the missus' prezzies while she was at the Shoulder at Osmaston for an Aztecs do.  All good stuff!

Saturday 28th February 2015
Up early.  dog walked, papers fetched. Missus opens presents, think have done reasonably well (you can never be sure!!!).  Fetched Piccy B as usual(ish).

Got some garden peas and some sweet peas in the propogator.  Also put some sweet peas in the greenhouse.  Got me max/min thermometer up as well!

10.30am Football with Lucy and the boss.  Took pooch to the old Sawmill on Shirley Bridleway.

Lucy's team lost 5-2 but the two goals were crackers from well-delivered corners.  Really impressive.

Back home for lunchtime, golf with John at 1:30pm - last round as a member.  Was happy to finish after nine holes - fallen out of love with the old golfing mullarky.  Never mind.

Sunday 1st March 2015
Cripes how can it be 1st March 2015?    Never mind.  Up early, dog walked.  Down the lotty, chopped down the raspberries which you're suppose to do in February really.  Put me home-made clock up in the shed so no excuse for not knowing what time it is.  Did a load of tidying up. Waterbutts are almost full.  Picked up a load of bigger pots that had been left at the free/unwanted junk table.


Tinkered with Water butt on the greenhouse - am still not really happy with it.

Late lunch (3pm) at the Ketch jolly good, then back to ours.  Gave me dad a tour of the greenhouse.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Monday 16th February 2015 to Sunday 22nd February 2015

Monday 16th February 2015
Kept waking up all night so no problem getting out of bed for 5.50.  Dog walked in the rain and papers fetched.  Into the office for 7.50am.  Everything running like clockwork.

Tuesday 17th February 2015
Am off work today as it's Shrovetide Football in sunny Ashbourne.  Up early. Papers. Dog Walked. Fetched a piccy B brekkie.  Walk from Mappleton up to Thorpe with a very dirty pooch.

 In afternoon Phil decided he wasn't going to Shrovetide and missus had gone to Derby so got the greenhouse up.

Wednesday 18th Feb 2015
Up early. Papers etc.  Golf at 9am - did 16 holes I think and lost - managed a few pars but with my 15 handicap vs their bandido handicaps I'd no chance - John had 8 points on two holes for two pars - can't live with that.

Got home for about 1pm - ferried missus and kids up to Shrovetide then got home and got cleaning glass on me Greenhuse - get a load of that!

About 9 o'clock at night we had a call from Sylvira to say the Shrovetide ball was on it's way to Clifton so went to watch - didn't see anything other than crazy folks running about like crazy folks - talk about wierd - strangely exciting too.   Bed about 10pm.

Thursday 19th February 2015
Up at 5:50, dog walked, papers fetched, back in the office for 8.15.

Friday 20th February 2015
Up early, dog walked, papers fetched.  Did a load of setting up in me Greenhouse.  Played golf with Doug at 2pm - played steady, birdie two on the 6th.  Got a load of cardboard taken to the recycling centre and other junk from Phil's bedroom tidy up - he's going all business-like so he is!  Forgot to mention Baxi Boiler broke down.  Had plumber out he couldn't fix it, he advised calling Baxi so another £300 paid over phone and they're coming tomorrow to do it.

Saturday 21st February 2014
Up at 5.15am.  Dog walked,  papers fetched.  Everyone up early, on road for London about 6:30am.   Bit of jip on M1 that we needed to divert around but basically got to Stanmore around 10:30am  after a stop on the way in.  Tube to Green Park then switched over to get to Leicester Square so boss kat could get tickets to Mamma Mia for her and Lucy (top dollar as well, such is life - an expensive weekend and no mistake!!

Anyroad, had lunch and a pint or two at Yates on Leicester Square and then I took them to the theatre and headed off to the Brittania Hotel in Canary Wharf with the bag.

Got checked in, watched Doc Martin - made sure didn't go to sleep.  Had a wee drink or two then back to the Novello Theatre to collect the missus.  I didn't mention that I did the stairs at Covent Garden - all 193 of them (I think it said it's the equivalent of 15 floors!

Sunday 22nd February 2014
Woke up very early but stopped in bed.  Breakfast at 8:30 - very nice although don't like me scrambled egg quite that runny thank you very much - bosskat liked it though.  We all had a shower and got packed up and then left baggage with the concierge and headed off to Tower of London which was great.  We paid with Tesco Vouchers so instead of it costing £50 quid it cost us about £12.50 I think.  We were early enough to see Crown Jewels before it got too busy, we also saw the Royal Beast Exhibition, the ravens, the white tower, the tower where they put prisoners, and loads besides - wouldn't have wanted to spend £50 plus on it though.

   After the Tower we went back to the Hotel on the DLR (well Missus and Lucy went to some shops in the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre while I went to the hotel!).   Then we sat on the Jubilee Line all the way back to the car - what we should have done was come off at Bakerloo, got the Metropolitan line and then changed

Monday, 9 February 2015

Monday 9th February 2015 to Sunday 15th February 2015

Monday 9th February 2015
Up at the crack.  Off up town with the dog, fetched papers.  Got a bit of grief from someone re. brand protection.  Some people's view of intellectual property theft is very wierd indeed.   Not a bad day in the office.  Back home for about 6.15 so quite a result.  Took wee dog for a walk.  Did a bit of work. All good. Tested out the new camping bed which will be cool as it will mean not having to worry about having air pump/inflatable if go camping in summer.

Tuesday 10th February 2015
Woke at 4am, got out of bed at 5.30 on the dot.  Dog walked, papers fetched into the office at 7.55am.  Cancelled AA Breakdown cover - need to find out whether Phil wants cover too.

Wednesday 11th February 2015
Up early after watching CAS the night before.  Dog walked. Papers fetched.  Ton of work in the office. Group after work.  Just 1lb off.  Back home.  Dog walked x 3 on the night.  Watched CAS again. Ace.  Did some work work, did a bit of not-work work.  Bed for a bit after 10pm.

Thursday 12th February 2015
CAS caught up on me and didn't get out of bed til 5.55.   Got Lily walked and papers fetched though so all good stuff.  Stopped at Aldi on way in so not at my desk til 8.20am. Still got the bride some bits and bobs for the inevitable quest for brownie points.

Friday 13th February 2015
Friday 13th!!1  Anyway, got up early, took pooch a walk, got papers. Got into office early doors. Placed an order for some stuff for me greenhouse base.  All ticking a long nicely.  Steak night at the Ketch at 6.45 - marvellous stuff!

Saturday 14th February 2015
Valentines days - brownies points galore.  Say it with roses.

Nice bottle of Jim Beam off the missus too - she knows me so well!  Dog walk, papers fetched early doors.  Piccy B brekkie.  A load of work done.   All good.  Golfing at 1.30 - very average - hitting the driver all over the shop. Birdied the last though hitting the ball about three foot over the flag and it span back to 6".  Probably the nearest I'll ever get!

Sunday 15th February 2015
Up a bit before 7am.  Dog walking up golf course.  All good stuff.

When the lad finally got up we got started on finishing off the base for the greenhouse. All done by brunch time and then another dog walk.  Then a bike ride - just 7 miles again but getting me 'backside' used to it all over again.

Over to me mum and dad's for tea.  Got missus to drop me off at bottom of Broad Walk near the chippie and then took the pooch for a walk that I never did in all the years I lived in sunny Darley Dale - up to top of Broad walk and then through the woods to Hallmoor Road.

Bed early as was absolutely knackered.


Monday, 2 February 2015

Monday 2nd February 2015 to Sunday 8th February 2015

Monday 2nd February 2015
Up at 5.25am.  Dog walked, papers fetched. Into office at 7.50am.  Funny day to say the least.  Nipped up town at lunchtime got some mugs for missus and crisps for the boy. Back home for 6.15pm.  Tea. Dog Walk.  Watched loads of Moone Boy - very good indeed.  Dog walk before bed time.  Nothing else to report

Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Up at 5.25am - no alarm clock.  Dog walked, papers fetched etc.  Into office for just gone 8am. Much better day today managed to not upset anyone!  Bonus.  Got my online auction data extraction system sorted after the lowlifes changed their layout again.  Good stuff.   Home for about 6:30.  Horrific news about the Jordan pilot, hope the murderers get what they deserve and then some.   Didn't get much done - took pooch for two walks, watched Count Arthur Strong.  Class.  Tired as hell tomorrow no doubt.

Wednesday 4th February 2015
Got up at 2.15am to check Phil back from milking.  He won't listen to ancient Siddall wisdom - "Anyone can work for nothing and take their own lunch".  If Grandad Siddall were still alive he could add "and then dump their laundry for their mum" to it, but the sentiment's the same.  Anyway, got up proper at 5:30 as usual (no alarm clock), dog walked, papers fetched, into the office for 8:30.  We've got Phil's mate coming at Shrovetide so I've ordered one of those folding camp beds that I've read good things about - we'll see!  Hollie's group after work to see how weigh worked and whether an error appeared or not.  Weighed in at 2.5lbs up back to post Xmas weight - booze stopping right now. Back home for about 6.45pm.  Tea. Dog walk.

Thursday 5th February 2015
The day the human alarm clock failed again - didn't get up until 5:56 was awake briefly about 4am but that was way too early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  In the office for 8.20am so not all bad.

Friday 6th February 2015
Human alarm clock back on song!  Dog walked papers fetched.  All good stuff. Home for a bit after 6pm.

Saturday 7th February 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papersfetched.  Piccy B breakfast as usual.  Alvaston Park for football. Lucy's team scraped a 4-3 victory over Belper.  Got a bit exciting towards the end.  I took the opportunity to see how far a walk it would be to iPro stadium (or Pride Park as it is in my head). Not far at all is the answer which would come in handy later!    Dropped Janette and Lucy off at Pride Park at about 1.15 - was amazed at how many folks were turning up for the match that early.  I took pooch home and did a bit of digging on the greenhouse base.  Then as I couldn't get into the shed to get hold of a spirit level I took the pooch for a walk.  As Derby were 3-0 up shortly after half time I though the missus might want to come out of the match a bit early but as she wasn't sitting with Lucy she said she'd leave it until full time.  So I parked at Alvason Park for the second time that day and walked with Lily to meet them outside the ground.  Made a big mistake on the way back in not continuing along the A6/London Road I think and we had a few minutes of standstill on the way back but we back in Ashbourne for 6.15.

Pooch checking out the wildfowls

The icy lake at Alvaston Park.

The walk from Alvaston Park to Pride Park.

Sunday 8th February 2015
Up early.  Wellies on, walk with the pooch -very, very frosty which was to slow everything down in terms of getting the base done for the greenhouse.
Cold moon over the meadow.  
When Phil was up and ready we got on with doing the greenhouse base.  Not 100% sure whether it's level as the spirit level seems to give different results depending on which way it's facing.  Nightmare.  I think it's there or thereabouts though and if not we'll tweak it with wedges probably.

Carried on with it till it got dark - fetched wheelbarrow from allotment and got all the soil redistributed and all the sand into the frame although we only got the first four slabs down - twelve to go.

Pooch made me laugh - Phil had a nap on sofa and left all the cushions piled up at one end so wee hound took advantage and climbed onto the cushion throne - proper swab dog!


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